About us

The CQS Group T Racing Team is a team of Industrial Engineering master students of the Group T International School of Engineering @ KU Leuven. The team members are enrolled in the 2-year master path, 1 year master + 1 year postgraduate in Entrepreneurial Engineering Experience. This 2-year master path gives the team members the opportunity to participate in a student project like the CQS Group T Racing Team.


The CQS Group T Racing Team is not an ordinary racing team. The team focuses on bringing topics like ecology to the official racing competition. They started from scratch on converting a Citroën 2CV (or Tin Snail) to a competing racing car with the focus on ecological technologies and innovations.


Alternative fuel


Since 2011, the car Pegasus has a modified engine on board. The stock Tin Snail engine has been modified to run on the carbon dioxide reducing bio ethanol, E85. This is a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. The bio ethanol is gained as a byproduct of the company Tereos Syral. This reduces even more the ecological footprint of Pegasus.


Bio degradable body


The body of Pegasus is made from a bio degradable polymer and resin. When recycling the car, something we are not planning to do yet, the body can simply be put into the ground to disappear without causing any pollution.


Giving a new racing life to an old school car by using innovative technologies


By upgrading an old Citroën Tin Snail (build year 1962), the CQS Group T Racing Team proves that old legends can be given a new life in a different world. In order to prepare a car for severe racing conditions, a lot of modifications were necessary.
Starting in 2009, the first team built two racing cars: Pegasus and Odyssee. For two years the cars have been improved by each new team of students until on February 14th of 2012, a fire destroyed the entire workplace of the CQS Group T Racing Team, along with the two beloved cars Pegasus and Odyssee. Starting again from scratch, a new team rebuilt a new Pegasus to participate in the competition.
The car Pegasus is now at version 3.2, being prepared for the next season with a custom designed sequential gearbox and diffuser.


Research


When developing Pegasus, CQS Group T Racing Team is dots the i’s and crosses the t’s in order to ensure durability and sustainability to every single part. Special surface treatments of engine parts and coating technologies are just a few examples. This way, the CQS Group T Racing Team project forms a research and innovation platform for the automotive industry.


Master thesis


Each team member of the CQS Group T Racing Team not only serves the team with passion, but also makes a thesis on a particular subject on the car.